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Today in Gear: August 15, 2014

Today in Gear: Torch Apparel’s FLUX backpack, Harry’s shave gel & lotion, Pioneer’s innovative Performance DJ Controller, a new line of Swiss Army knives by Victorinox, DSPTCH’s Ballistic Nylon bags and more.

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Weapon of Choice

Prime Cut: 6 Best Chef’s Knives

Planning to do battle…with a pork loin? Arm yourself with a top-shelf chef’s knife. These six are among the best available at a variety of price ranges.

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Playing the field

Field Watch Buying Guide

Field watches tend to be ignored among the tool watch set, mostly because their definition is a bit less clear than divers’ or pilots’ watches. In fact, a field watch’s rugged build and clear dial markings makes it the perfect candidate for all sorts of expeditions. These five are particularly excellent candidates for bumps and bruises, be they from scree-scrambling, brush-clearing or desk-bumping.

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The Color of Money

Go Green

Navy is timeless but also occupies half your closet, black is reserved (or only for funerals if you live in Nantucket), red’s too loud (again, Nantucket), yellow’s way too loud, but green — green is money. In the right shade, green can be more exciting than blue but, as hunters know, it can also be perfect for blending in. Our favorite shade — somewhere between forest and kelly — pops up on everything and is a handsome livery. Here are a few highlights.

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To Russia We Fly

Kit: Capturing the Olympics

Packing for a trip to Russia for the Sochi Olympics is no small feat. There’s weather, international travel, technology and a desire to stay light on our feet to consider. Gear needs to be tough, functional, lightweight and understated. Here’s a sampling of what we’re packing to use on a normal day in Sochi.

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side dishes for the gourmand on your list

Stocking Stuffers: A Culinary Collection

In any good meal, the extras — appetizers, palate cleansers, garnish — really raise the steaks stakes. Like those add ons, these food-preparation-centric presents will be a boon to any foodie, be him a top chef or fledgling line cook. These are the best kitchen gifts under $100, a perfect tasting menu for the gourmand…

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Today in Gear: Friday, December 13

Outlier Doublebag Two-sided bag with roll-top buckle closures. Fill one side with clean clothes; start your trip. Wear your clothes; change your clothes. Worn clothes go in second side. Second side expands; first side shrinks. Gross clothes don’t touch fresh clothes. Makes laundry easy. An obsessive’s dream bag. (It’s out of stock currently, but keep…

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Today in Gear: September 30, 2013

Convoy Goods Convoy Goods saddle stitches all of their leather goods by hand, creating hardier, handsomer EDC. Check out unique items like the proximity card sleeve and custom-made minimalist stud bracelets and pick up a wallet or card holder. You probably need a new one, and it might as well look great. convoygoods.com BMW i…

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Today in Gear: August 7, 2013

CyberTool Lite Swiss Army Knife Counterintuitively, the CyberTool Lite is actually not a smaller version of Swiss Army’s original Cyber Tool, but rather an expanded edition. This new arrangement keeps all the stainless steel specialty tools, like knives, hex, Torx and Philips bits, pliers, wire cutters and something called a reamer, but adds an 8x…

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Today in Gear: July 19, 2013

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Moisturizer While wrinkles have sometimes been glamorized in various forms of media, we’d rather age imperceptibly and maintain a smooth dermal terrain for all our days. The first line of defense is applying sunscreen daily, but for the ultimate in skin-smoothing and wrinkle reduction, looking to the best in the…

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Today in Gear: June 6, 2013

Victorinox Hunter Pro Folder Ready for action, the Hunter Pro features a new folding and locking blade that’s easily opened with the flick of one thumb. It’s a tactical instrument; prepare yourself for a 4-inch piece of sharp, belt-mountable business. Whether you have earned the “hunter” title… that’s between you and the animals, Hawkeye. $80…

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Staff Favorites: Matt Neundorf

The fourth installment in our Staff Favorites series features Mr. Matt Neundorf. Hailing from Toronto, this proud Canadian is one of GP’s newer recruits — but there isn’t a lick of green about him except for his prowess in DIY projects. A confessed car nut, an avid drinker of craft brews (especially those from his native Great White North) and an old hand at home renovation, Matt’s a natural — especially since he also brings his level-headed, humorous writing to bear on GP assignments. When he isn’t filling GP readers’ heads with dreams of roaring autos and whirring power tools, Matt works on his own personal home renovation projects, purveys construction equipment and sources consumer goods.

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Today in Gear: April 12, 2013

Victorinox Bike Tool It’s taken this long? Bikers are the perfect recipients of a Swiss Army tool. An L-wrench with 8 bits and a set of tire levers in one small form is perfectly in line with the biker mantra, “big bulges in our shorts, little bulges in our saddlebags”. $48 (★) Ballast Time Instruments…

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Swiss Myth

Victorinox 1989 Original Chronograph Limited Edition

We’ve always had a love for the timepieces of Victorinox Swiss Army, so a new limited edition version of the Victorinox Swiss Army 1989 Original Chronograph ($495), the first watch they ever made, really tugs at the heartstrings.

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Better, faster, stronger

Grip-N-Go: 5 Best Multi-Tools

You’re not the guy who has a frequent buyer card at Sears, so you can’t always find the perfect tool in your less-than-organized garage. Perhaps a versatile multi-tool would be your best ally. Multi-tools have been around for twenty years, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Today’s multi-tools are better than ever, with innovative designs that are only limited by the imagination. If you’re wondering what all-around multi-tool to purchase, we have five of the best full-sized multi-tools on the market today.

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Keep warm, look cool

Victorinox Leiden Insulated Blazer

Packing light in the colder months often comes down to a tradeoff of outerwear. Do you pack the bulky coat for warmth, the blazer for appearances, or in the worst case, both? Victorinox’s new Leiden Insulated Blazer takes the uncertainty out of the equation. It’s close enough to the cut of a standard blazer to…

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Victorinox Alpnach Power Gauge Limited Edition

Victorinox is known for their cutlery and perhaps less so for their watches. Well, the Victorinox Alpnach Power Gauge Limited Edition is certainly both a head turner and a mouthful. With a 43.5mm case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Swiss automatic chronograph movement and a depth rating of 330 feet, it’s got all the bearings of a…

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So much for the Swiss being neutral

Stayglow Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

We’re not exactly sure how this happened, but alas, Victorinox Swiss Army released a glow-in-the-dark version of their most beloved Swiss Army Knife. While the color choice is one that would make grandpa roll over in his grave, it’s certain to be a hit among subcultures from coast to coast. For those of the hipster…

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Cutting-edge indeed

Victorinox SSD Knives

So-called “cloud services” hope to make transferring digital data via physical devices akin to cave painting in the near future. That hasn’t stopped pocket-tool legend Victorinox from evolving the classic Swiss Army Knife to house the latest SSDs and transfer protocols. Their new solid state drive line features a special single connector that’s compatible with…

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Awww Shucks

RH Forschner by Victorinox Oyster Knives

A few beers, a bucket, and one of these RH Forschner by Victorinox Oyster Knifes ($11) can make for a great night given the right company. Each knife features a high carbon steel blade with an ergonomic, and slip resistant supergrip handle — ideal for prying open even the toughest fruit of the sea. Sold…

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Dark Knight Approved

Alden Shell Cordovan Case and Knife

By now, you probably know that we’re proponents of a good pocket knife here at Gear Patrol. Such a knife a handy everyday tool that every man should have. For those of you looking for something a little more refined or just smaller than a Benchmade or SOG, we present the Alden Shell Cordovan Case…

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Just as Versatile as Its Multi-Bladed Brother

Victorinox Swiss Unlimited Cologne

In celebration of Swiss Army’s 125th anniversary, Victorinox has released Swiss Unlimited, a men’s fragrance that’s less campfire and trails, more masculine and modern. The fresh woody bottom notes of the fragrance will carry through the day, while the Genepi liquor, Absinth, provides a citrus chord. Guys looking for a subtle, day-long fragrance will definitely…

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Victorinox Swiss Army Travel Sentry Cable Lock

Take my advice: Lock your bags when you travel. My luggage has shown up before with things missing and honestly the battle to figure out how to recover those items has never been worth the effort. Not to mention, it’s just good practice. Whether you’re a casual traveler, backpacker, or call Delta Terminal 5 your…

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Victorinox Swiss Army Legacy Réserve De Marche Platine

If you haven’t noticed lately a lot of brands out there are trying to get in the watchmaking business. It’s a hot market and we don’t blame them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are a burgeoning number of quality timepieces. Our eyes are focused on the venerable manufacture Victorinox Swiss Army with the Victorinox…

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Victorinox Long Sleeve Tech Vest with Air Purifier

[click on image to enlarge and view other angles] We can’t even begin to count how many softshell jackets and vests come across our desks. We see everything from climate specific outerwear to unisex multi-use branded pieces. The Victorinox Long Sleeve Tech Vest, however, is the first we’ve ever seen any outerwear garment that features…